I Am Not a Witch [PG]


I Am Not a Witch [PG]

By Rungano Nyoni

2017 Drama 1h 33m

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A dark satirical fairytale about a little girl accused of being a witch. Shula (meaning ‘to be uprooted’) is a nine-year-old girl who has to make a choice: accept being branded and marketed as a witch by society, or sever ties with tradition and be transformed into a goat.

A parable of magic and misogyny, superstition and social strictures in African culture, the film is an ironic take on how tradition shapes (and exploits) female iconology to form the perspectives of society at large. In the context of Singapore, the famed Singapore Girl is often exalted as a paradigm of Asian grace and beauty, and has been exported to this end, for close to 50 years. In this way, the film is one that ironises traditional views on gender and body politics in the context of a particular culture, to gesture at how these practises proliferate globally.

The first feature by Zambian-born, Welsh-raised director Rungano Nyoni, I Am Not a Witch debuted at the Cannes Film Festival, and was selected recently as the British entry for Best Foreign Language Film at the 91st Academy Awards.

Includes post-film conversation with Dr. Simon Obendorf

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